Audi Q7 hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
The Audi Q7 TFSI e lives up to its upmarket image with plenty of equipment and cutting-edge technology
The Audi Q7 TFSI e has an impressive interior. There's an expansive angular dashboard with not one or two but three screens. In addition, there's lots of leather trim and upmarket materials throughout. Even so, it's arguably the plethora of on-board technology that steals the limelight – although not all of it is standard on all trim levels. Even so, undertaking any length of journey in a Q7 should be a comfortable affair.
Audi Q7 hybrid dashboard
The Q7’s dashboard design is modern, elegant and minimalist. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which replaces traditional dials with a 12.3-inch multifunction LCD display, sits behind the steering wheel and looks very sharp indeed. In the centre of the dashboard there are two further screens – more on these later.
Equipment, options & accessories
Equipment is generally quite good, with large alloy wheels, air-suspension, heated front seats, climate control, matrix LED headlights, parking sensors and rear-view camera standard across the range. Plus, communication goodies such as Bluetooth, USB-C ports, wireless phone charging (for compatible smartphones) and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity are included, too.
Moving up through the range of trims adds equipment such as sportier styling, adaptive suspension, ventilated and massaging seats, heated rear seats and much much more. There's also a good number of optional extras – such as a panoramic glass roof – as well as plenty of interior and exterior colours to choose from.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
As mentioned above, there are two central infotainment screens. The top screen is the larger of the two at 10.1 inches and shows navigation, media and phone information. The bottom one measures 8.6 inches and is used to control comfort equipment – such as heated seats and air-conditioning. While the setup looks very slick, the haptic feedback (which tries to make virtual buttons feel like actual buttons) is an acquired taste.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThanks to plug-in hybrid technology, the Audi Q7 TFSI e offers potentially very low running costs and an electric range of over 25 miles
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsFor such a big car, the Audi Q7 TFSI e promises low fuel bills and tailpipe emissions, but its figures are still on the high side for an electrified model
- 3Running costs & insuranceRelatively speaking, the Audi Q7 TFSI e has the potential for low running costs, especially for business users
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Audi Q7 TFSI e is powerful and very quick despite its huge size
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe Audi Q7 TFSI e lives up to its upmarket image with plenty of equipment and cutting-edge technology
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityBeing large has benefits for the Audi Q7 TFSI e – such as plenty of passenger space and a big boot despite the presence of a big battery pack
- 7Reliability & safety ratingAudi’s engineers have done a great job in ensuring the Q7 TFSI e keeps occupants safe on the road